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Dreamgirls (2006)

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78

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 200
Fresh: 156 | Rotten: 44

Dreamgirls' simple characters and plot hardly detract from the movie's real feats: the electrifying performances and the dazzling musical numbers.

86

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 50
Fresh: 43 | Rotten: 7

Dreamgirls' simple characters and plot hardly detract from the movie's real feats: the electrifying performances and the dazzling musical numbers.

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Director Bill Condon brings Tom Eyen's Tony award-winning Broadway musical to the big screen in a tale of dreams, stardom, and the high cost of success in the cutthroat recording industry. The time is the 1960s, and singers Effie (Jennifer Hudson), Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose), and Deena (Beyoncé Knowles) are about to find out just what it's like to have their wildest dreams come true. Discovered at a local talent show by ambitious manager Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jamie Foxx), the trio known as "the

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Drama, Horror, Musical & Performing Arts

Bill Condon

May 1, 2007

$103.3M

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It compares to that other "legitimate" musical smash of recent vintage, Chicago. It just doesn't have the life or fun of Chicago.

May 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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The opening rump-shaking immediately sets the tone: Dreamgirls pulses with sheer exuberance. When was the last time a musical, much less a huge Hollywood production, felt this alive?

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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It reserves singing and dancing for the stage until Jamie Foxx just randomly bursts into verse while strolling down the street. Dreamgirls wants to be Effie but ends up as Deena: thin, smooth, unburdened by a personality.

January 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Watching Dreamgirls on the big screen feels like an event somehow. Maybe it's the conviction and passion that the actors bring to their roles.

January 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate
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Dreamgirls is the entire musical package, a triumph of old school on-screen glamour, and we wouldn't want it any other way.

January 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Elegiac, filthy-minded, unsparing, and as deeply moving as you'd expect from any de facto story of Peter O'Toole's life.

January 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Condon's adaptation is polished and enjoyable and yet something is missing from making it a truly great musical movie--perhaps a more coherent vision or unity.

January 6, 2010 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

A musical for people who've forgotten how to listen, and how to feel

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

A tight and entertaining musical with a show stealing performance by Jennifer Hudson.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Dreamgirls opened on Xmas day and it was every much of a brilliant holiday movie. I guess the only complaint I have is it is too slick.

July 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Magazine International
Movie Magazine International

There's a joy on screen -- a love for the material that's palpable and contagious -- but the material, in the end, lets them down.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

...Hudson offers up a seriously underwhelming performance...

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (2)
Reel Film Reviews

Worse than a movie of the weak (pun intended)

May 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

You may not be expecting this from a musical, but Dreamgirls is one of the most fast-paced, frenetically-edited, roller-coaster rides of a movie that you'll see all year.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

Dreamgirls is a splashy film with a great cast, strong performances, terrific music and an engrossing, though...familiar, story.

March 12, 2007 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

There's no faint-praise here. It's the best film of the year.

March 7, 2007 Full Review

Una lujosa producción que, a nivel dramático, tiene la misma profundidad que una telenovela. Eso sí: hay (alguna) buena música y una inusual actuación de Eddie Murphy.

February 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Comment (1)
Uruguay Total

Newcomer Jennifer Hudson owns the movie with her magnetic presence and go-tell-it-on-the-mountain voice.* ** ** *

February 19, 2007 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Jennifer Hudson makes her acting debut in Bill Condon's Dreamgirls, and it's safe to say the phrase "star-making turn" was invented for performances like hers.

February 19, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Os realizadores exibem exatamente o mesmo preconceito que fingem condenar em seu longa, valorizando mais a estética do que o talento. Hipocrisia, Dreamgirls é seu nome.

February 16, 2007
Cinema em Cena

I could have happily sat through the first half a second time, though I was barely able to sit through the second half once.

February 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Blogcritics.org
Blogcritics.org

To say that Dreamgirls is the best musical so far this century is to make no great claim for it. To say that it's the best film about the music business since 1996's Grace of My Heart and fit to be spoken of in the same breath says more.

February 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

...less compelling than the actual history of the Supremes. Similarly, the music felt like faxed-over Motown, a couple of generations less crisp than the original.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A stellar cast, stunning sets and costumes and engaging music make this a modern musical for a new generation.

February 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Few pictures can match the glamorous pull of Dreamgirls. Bill Condon's first big musical since Chicago is a glossy, gleaming Cadillac of a film with a vintage rhythm and blues engine tuned to perfection. The cast is dressed to kill.

February 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Audience Reviews for Dreamgirls

A colorful, lively, well-executed musical-film, Dreamgirls is a must-see spectacle. Jennifer Hudson steals the show with powerhouse vocals and a vulnerable debut performance. The film never lags, always entertains, and features beautiful music. It is an ultimately uplifting experience.
March 17, 2014
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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October 27, 2013
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The definitive musical of the rise to fame and the fall from grace. Dazzling, engaging and wonderfully acted, it leaves me bewildered that ''Dreamgirls'' didn't get a Best Picture nomination in 2007.
February 12, 2013
Liam Gadd

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Bill Condon directs an incredible cast in the movie version of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls. Let me say this before I say anything else: I was so stunned by the performances and musical numbers in this film that I literally had to tell myself to close my mouth. Jennifer Hudson got an Oscar for her role as Effie White, and did she ever deserve it. Beyonce was not far behind, but I have to say I prefer her singing songs like the Oscar nominated song "Listen" than "Run the World". This film also proves that Eddie Murphy can act. He just needs proper direction, and the right role. He was really great the role as James Early which got him an Oscar nomination. Overall, Dreamgirls features electrifying performances from the whole cast especially from Jennifer Hudson, and incredible musical number that sent shivers down my spine. Even though I felt that the ending was rushed a little, it was very moving and satisfying.
March 8, 2012
Raymond Wieser

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